Cockfighting bill advances in Oklahoma Legislature

Wednesday, March 26th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The House Criminal Justice Committee has passed a Senate Bill that would make cockfighting a misdemeanor if approved by a vote of the people.

The bill passed out of committee Tuesday and will now go to the full House where a similar measure has already been passed.

In November, voters approved a ban on cockfighting that makes cockfighting, owning the birds or equipment used for cockfighting a felony.

Cockfighting opponents say the change would punish cockfighters with the equivalent of an expensive parking ticket.